What Are the 5 Key Components of Collective Impact?

When using a Collective Impact model, organizations from different sectors will agree to solve a specific social problem using a common agenda, aligning their efforts, and using common measures of success. Here are the 5 key components for success to the Collective Impact approach:

  1. Common Agenda: Participants must have shared vision for change or common agenda that includes mutual understanding of the problem and a shared approach to solving it.
  2. Shared Measurement System: In order to bring consistency, clarity, and legitimacy to the endeavor, it is necessary to form a shared measurement system for data collection.
  3. Mutually Reinforcing Activities: Collective Impact requires that each participant undertakes a specific set of activities that support and synchronize with actions of others.
  4. Continuous Communication: Participants need to be in constant communication to use Collective Impact effectively. Be patient. It may take months to build the trust required to efficiently work together.
  5. Backbone Support Organization: A backbone organization is needed to plan, manage, facilitate, organize, coordinate, communicate, provide technology and communications support, data collection and reporting, handle administrative and logistical issues, and provide adaptive leadership such as framing the issue in a way that presents opportunities and difficulties.



Collaboration for Impact: http://www.collaborationforimpact.com

Collective Impact Forum: https://www.collectiveimpactforum.org

FSG Reimagining Social Change: http://www.fsg.org

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